Guest Artists: Emily Ondracek-Peterson and Richard Masters (September 27)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Dr. Emily Ondracek-Peterson began studying violin at age 4 and gave her solo debut at age 16 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As first violinist of the acclaimed Voxare String Quartet, Emily has performed in every major hall in New York including as soloist with the New York Philharmonic in Avery Fisher Hall. As a new music advocate, Emily has been awarded Chamber Music America’s ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Numerous labels, including Naxos, Albany, and Toccata have released Emily’s lauded recordings. Emily is the Co-Artistic Director of the Crested Butte Music Festival, a summer-long festival in Crested Butte, CO, that presents symphony, opera, bluegrass, jazz, rock, EDM, and numerous educational programs.

Education plays a large role in Emily’s professional activities. Currently, Emily is the director of string studies and full-time professor of violin at the Metropolitan State University of Denver and is on faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Ondracek has held residencies at Dartmouth College, the University of Leeds (UK), University of Virginia, and others.

Richard Masters is a soloist, opera coach, chamber musician and orchestral pianist based in Blacksburg, VA, where he is an assistant professor of piano and collaborative piano on the music faculty at Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts. Significant collaborations include concerts with Grammy-winning baritone Donnie Ray Albert, the late Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Barbara Conrad, and many others. He has appeared with former Boston Symphony principal trombonist Norman Bolter, former Juilliard String Quartet violinist Earl Carlyss, saxophonist Harvey Pittel, and under the baton of Lorin Maazel. Masters has performed solo, chamber and vocal recitals throughout the U.S. and in Europe. Recent performances include recitals at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Schola Cantorum in Paris, Gallery 345 in Toronto, and the San Francisco Conservatory. In the 2017-2018 season, he will concertize in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Colorado, Ohio, West Virginia, and New York, performing as a soloist and collaborative pianist. For more information on Dr. Masters, visit www.richard-masters.com.